Biography

Alejandro Trelles is a political scientist, political analyst and expert in electoral matters He specializes in the study of public institutions, democratic consolidation, electoral institutions, political parties, and political representation in Latin America, Africa and Middle East. He currently serves as an external consultant to the Organization American States (0EA) where he has participated as an expert in electoral organization and redistricting in the Latin America and the Caribbean during the elections of Nicaragua, Belize, Suriname, St. Kitts and Nevis, Bahamas, and Jamaica. He has over 10 years of experience as a public official in the Federal Public Administration in Mexico and at the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE). In the latter, he has served as Advisor to the General Council and to IFE’s Boundary Delimitation Technical Committee.

His research on boundary delimitation and the use of combinatorial optimization algorithms in redistricting was recognized in 2007 by ITAM as the best research in political science. He is co-principal investigator in the Public Mapping Project Mexico. He has research and consulting experience in Venezuela, Mexico, Ghana, Kenya and Egypt. Furthermore, Alejandro is co-author of two political analysis books entitled: Anatomy of the PRI and AMLO: Political and Personal History of the Head of Government of Mexico City. He has published several articles about elections, political participation, transparency, open data, and mapping tools in academic journals in Mexico and the United States (Political Geography, Electoral Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, Journal of Politics in Latin America, and  Política y Gobierno), as well as more than 20 articles on political and electoral issues in different media outlets. Alejandro is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Pittsburgh, has a master’s degree in political science from the same university and has a degree in political science from ITAM. His doctoral dissertation is on the causes and consequences of the autonomy of electoral management bodies in Latin America and Africa.

Research Interests

Comparative Politics (Latin America and the Caribbean)

Elections, Electoral Management, Electoral Boundary Delimitation (redistricting), Democratization, Political Parties, Research Methodology

Affiliations
University of Pittsburgh, Political Science.